U.K. Distributor Metrodome Secures 'Purge'

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Antti Jokinen's movie, based on Sofi Oksanen’s best-selling novel, has taken more than $2.4 million at the box office in Finland and is the country's entry in the race for a foreign Oscar nomination.

LONDON – U.K. distributor Metrodome has coralled all rights to Antti Jokinen's Purge, the Finnish entry into the best foreign Oscar nomination race which missed out on a spot in the just announced shortlist.

An adaptation of Sofi Oksanen’s best-selling novel, Purge is billed as a hybrid of contemporary thriller and historical melodrama.

Spanning more than 50 years, the film tells the story of two women from different eras linked by separate tales of deceit, desperation and fear.

Produced by Marcus Selin from Finland’s production banner Solar Films, the movie stars the country's Liisi Tandefelt, Laura Birn, Amanda Pilke and Peter Franzen.

Oksanen's book has been translated into 40 languages, won multiple prizes and spawned an opera in addition to the film.

The movie version has grossed more than $2.4 million in Finland.

In France it has sold 353,000 copies and is currently shortlisted for Le Prix des lecteurs du Livre de Poche and previously the novel has won the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2010, the European Book Prize 2010, Prix Femina Ètranger 2010 as well as the 2010 FNAC prize.